The use of heavy equipment varies in different applications, from civil engineering or infrastructure and military, to other heavy construction developments as well as agricultural and forestry projects. Military equipment includes everything from tanks to aircraft carriers, while civil engineering applications use implements from large cranes to much smaller tools such as jackhammers. Infrastructure projects often include highway repair and maintenance, bridges and overpasses, and projects such as interstate bypasses.
Heavy construction generally refers to building playgrounds or parks and large buildings such as office complexes or shopping centers. Backhoes, bulldozers, and other earth moving equipment are frequently used to break ground, while cranes are often used to place large beams and framing elements. Agricultural interests include farming, which uses heavy equipment such as tractors, combines, harvesters, and balers. Landscaping may be included in both agricultural and forestry categories, utilizing heavy equipment such as log splitters, tillers, mowers, chippers, and stump pullers.